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Artist: TYCHO BRAHE (@)
Title: Atlantic
Format: CD
Label: Cohaagen (@)
Rated: *****
Tycho Brahe is an Australian combo active since early 90s. They named themselves after the 16th century self taught Danish astronomer because they also had a "do it yourself" attitude. Formed by Ken Evans and joined a couple of years after by Georgina Emery, the band found its definitive line up in 2004 as a four piece group thanks to Andy Walls and Francis Tohill. Thanks to this line up the band has been able since then to base their live act on real played music where keyboards were only a piece of the gear and not the main instrument. Musically the band is sounding like a blend of 80s pop wave, electronic and synthpop. Their song writing is based on rock wave and their main influences seems to be The Fixx and A Flock Of Seagulls with other different ones that differs from track to track. For example, tracks like "Military option" and "Marianne" remember late 80’s Human League, the opening "It’s not enough" sounds a little bit like Cosmicity mixed with early Howard Jones while the following "Don’t feel that way" has a beginning that remember New Order. "Throwaway fashion" has something of Dead Or Alive but that is the tune which sounds more synthpop because of its danceable tune and because of the use of analogue synths without the add of guitar parts. ATLANTIC is the third Tycho Brahe album and even if they have so many 80s influences it’s an error to think that they don’t have their own style and attitude. Check "Empty days" and you’ll realize that they aren’t a simple pop band because that song gathers into its seven minutes length electronic intuitions a la Depeche Mode and cool melodies and the amazing thing is that you won’t realize that is that long! Be sure to check also the ten minutes closing remix of "Avarice", a convincing blend of house, techno and synthpop.
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Artist: SKELETAL FAMILY (@)
Title: Sakura
Format: CD
Label: Gepek
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
The first album of the Skeletal Family reincarnation opens up with the convincing dissonant melodies of "Faithless whore" (where sometimes the guitar melody recall me some Black Flag tunes). With this new album titled SAKURA the band found, after their disband, a new life with three original member a new drummer and a new vocalist (Claire, ex Smack Dolly). The twelve tracks pay their dues to post punk but the new Skeletal Family musically aren’t a direct emanation of the old band, as they fortunately present twelve new songs full of pathos and even if sometimes vocals don’t sound perfect, they are spontaneous into their urge to communicate. Into the track list there’s also space for two slow tracks, "Waiting" and the atmospheric "Alive again", which with its six minutes length gathers moments of tension with new wave romantic intuitions with piano, violin, and rock instruments. The album into its entirety sounds genuine and spontaneous and it doesn’t matter if sometimes it sounds raw. Overproduction isn’t what is in need here, we need passion, good tunes and sweat. Check also their version of Iggy Pop’s "Nightclubbing", it sounds like a demo divertissement but it is interesting and it sounds fresh, mixing the sax, the guitar distorted 70s solos and the drunk rock’n’roll piano. Check also "Delirium" , a track that goth lovers will dig dancing, following its Arabian melodies.
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Artist: AIDAN BAKER (@)
Title: remix
Format: CD
Label: Aidan Baker (@)
Rated: *****
When Nomeansno were singing "oh no Bruno... too much is not enough!" they didn’t know Aidan Baker yet, if action speaks louder than words: his discography speaks really loud!. This time differently from the project in which he's directly involved this canadian musician has put together an incredibly well assorted bunch of remixers to reinvent some of his songs. I really mean "well assorted", generally I happen to hear good remix-records with some good tracks, but hardly it happens I'm satisfied by the whole cd, this' one of this few excerptions to that. Baker's drony, dark and melodic music is a good substance to be moulded by the talented hands of any good musician, but while giving new shape to the sculpture many of the remixers have kept its original spirit untouched. Funny, every once in a while I've had the impression some of Aidan’s original influences (Swans, Godflesh to name a couple of em) resurfaced from the bottom of the pool. From Andrea Marutti's ambiental loops of the opening track to Building Castles out of matchsticks' opus (definitely post-broaderickian), from the danceable new tissue of Naw to the desolation of Wilt's version of "breaking points" a-la-Codeine, the listening is really relaxing. Absolutely good.
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Artist: PAWEL GRABOWSKI
Title: Arh
Format: CD
Label: Mystery Sea
Rated: *****
Polish artist Pawel Grabowski may still be defined a newcomer in the drone niche if we judge him by the number and dates of his realeases, but he's surely one of the best in terms of quality. This limited-to-100-copies cdr on Mystery Sea, featuring four untitled movements, is much in the same mood of his excellent vinyl on Drone Records; I haven't been able to check it out, but possibly there are some recurring sounds as well. As usual, Grabowski weaves some solemn, at times sombre soundscapes; though we surely couldn't call this dark ambient, I'm positive there are some restless nights behind his works. "Arh" is an excellent realease from start to end, with incredibly pure and mesmerizing drones, at times punctuated by field recordings, as the creaking door in track 3. Nothing new in terms of components, but just listen andyou'll see how Grabowski stands out from the rest.
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Artist: CHAS SMITH
Title: Descent
Format: CD
Label: Cold Blue
Rated: *****
Chas Smith has been responsible for some of the most acclaimed albums in the Cold Blue catalogue, using a variety of self-built steel sculptures which you can partially see portrayed in the layout of this latest album of his, recorded between 2003 and 2005. Here he bows stainless steel sheets and a variety of bizarre creatures named Guitarzilla or Pez Eater, but he also plays more traditional instruments like steel guitar, flutes and zither. There's also a hint of voice (courtesy of Oja Fin) in the third and shortest track, "False Clarity", but you surely won't be able to detect that. Indeed, Smith heavily processes all the recordings obtaining an ethereal, suspended form of ambient drone music with a monochromatic tinge, not unlike Organum's recent "Sanctus". Despite its title, we always stay in the celestial regions while listening: this is drone music with a skyward gaze. The bass-heavy noise of jet planes, skilfully blent in the lengthy "Endless Mardi Grass", is just about the only sound disturbing the otherwordly peace of these compositions.
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